Is it possible music, dance and theatrical performances to get hosted in a living room? Yes, it is! I had the pleasure to attend a music concert given by The R-Rated Trio orchestral band in a lightful living room last Sunday! This living room is not an ordinary one, as it constitutes a stage that is offered to artists to perform and attract the attention of an audience that has the criteria to appreciate them. For more than 5 years, this living room has hosted a significant number of artists that derive from the art of music, dance and theater. Listening to the story of this house by the owner and the founder of Podium 111 Elisabeth Millenaar, I realized how external circumstances in this case financial crisis lead certain people who appreciate the value of art and its impact on the local culture of Tilburg, to take the initiative to provide local artists with a stage to perform.
According to Elisabeth Millenaar, the driving force that led her to the foundation of Podium it was her will to stimulate the culture of Tilburg, as local artists were mainly impacted by the financial crisis, limiting significantly their opportunities to perform. Elisabeth Millenaar does not offer another common stage, rather a stage to professional artists that have a special program to show. Therefore, she has set a ticket price of ten euro for each performance, to support financially professional artists to keep contributing with their special art to the culture of Tilburg. This house does only work as Podium for the local artists, but also it offers an accommodation to artists who temporarily work in our city.
Cup of tea and stroopwafels
Elisabeth Millenaar’s goal is not the advertisement or the development of her foundation, but to keep providing qualitative performances to an audience that has special criteria and taste. Therefore, each time she tries to keep a standard number of guests, in order to be able to maintain the high quality of the performances. Entering the Podium 111, I immediately felt this special and elegant artistic atmosphere. She welcomed me to her house as a visitor offering me a cup of tea and stroopwafels, making me feel the Podium as my house. Her hospitality also contributed to experience the performance in a unique way, like hosting a music performance at my house. Podium 111 is more than a stage for performing, it is an idea that keeps the culture of Tilburg alive!
Lastly, the special music concert of The R-Rated Trio band with strong influences from American folk music, jazz, and spirituals made me dream and contemplate the essential role of music in my live. A trio for Saxophone, Violin, and Piano fed my music soul on that day! Thank you for that!
For more information regarding the Podium 111 you can visit the following page: https://www.facebook.com/podium111/
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